Summer vacation will officially be over for more than 270,000 students and 15,000 teachers in Broward County Public Schools (BCPS), as they head back to the classroom on Monday, August 21, 2017 – the first day of school
BCPS Superintendent Robert W. Runcie will visit several schools on opening day to welcome students, parents, teachers and staff to another exciting new school year. Starting his day similar to most students, with a bus ride, the Superintendent will greet District school bus operators before boarding a bus to his first school stop.
“I am excited to welcome our students and families to the new school year,” said Superintendent Runcie. “Across our great District there are incredible learning opportunities ahead, with all of our innovative District schools offering high-quality programs and educational experiences for students.”
South Florida professional sports teams are skipping practice on Monday to go back to school. Teams making stops to motivate students on the first day of school include the Florida Panthers at Broadview Elementary School and the Miami Marlins at Bayview Elementary School.
Following an early practice run of 1,000 routes throughout Broward County, school bus operators are confident of a smooth start on the first day. The District’s massive transportation operation, which includes a fleet of 1,248 school buses and 73,000 student riders, makes it one of the largest school district operated fleets in the country. All buses are equipped with GPS technology to track locations and report any emergencies.
While creating educational opportunities around the historic solar eclipse, which also takes place on the first day of school, the District is taking proactive measures to keep students safe during this event. As a precautionary measure, all outdoor activities at all District schools between the hours of 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. will be moved indoors. Schools will dismiss at the regular time.
BCPS invites students, parents, families and the community to share first day of school photos and messages via social media using #BCPSFirst
Superintendent’s First Day of School Visits
Monday, August 21, 2017
Central Transportation Terminal
3831 NW 10th Avenue
Oakland Park, 33309
Superintendent Rides School Bus
7:30 – 8 a.m.
Piper High School
8000 NW 44th Street Sunrise, 33351
8:30 – 9 a.m.
Broadview Elementary School
1800 SW 62nd Avenue
North Lauderdale, FL 33068
Florida Panthers Celebrate First Day with Students
9:30 – 10 a.m.
Blanche Ely High School
1201 NW 6th Avenue Pompano Beach, 33060
10:45 – 11:45 a.m.
Meadowbrook Elementary School
2300 SW 46th Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, 33317
Superintendent has lunch with students
12:15 – 12:45 p.m.
Nova Middle School
3602 SW College Avenue Davie, 33314
1:15 – 1:45 p.m.
Pines Middle School
200 NW Douglas Road Pembroke Pines, 33024
2:15 – 2:45 p.m.
H. D. Perry Education Center
3400 Wildcat Way (69th Avenue) Miramar, 33023
First Day of School News Conference
Kathleen C. Wright Administration Center, Boardroom
600 SE Third Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, 33301
*Arrival and departure times are approximate.
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ABOUT BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
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Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth largest school district in the nation and the second largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962. BCPS has over 271,000 students and approximately 175,000 adult students in 236 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 93 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population, with students representing 208 different countries and 181 different languages. To learn more, visit browardschools.com. Follow BCPS on Twitter @browardschools and Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools, and download the free BCPS mobile app.